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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (act of touching)
a. rubbing
La pintura de la silla se está pelando por el roce constante contra la pared.The paint on the chair is peeling because of constant rubbing against the wall.
b. brush
El roce de la mano del carpintero contra mi brazo pareció accidental.The brush of the joiner's hand against my arm seemed accidental.
c. touch
Hasta el más mínimo roce de los dedos de Santiago contra su mejilla hizo temblar a Patricia.Even the slightest touch of Santiago's fingers against her cheek made Patricia tremble.
d. friction
El engranaje de la licuadora se ha desgastado por el roce.The gear of the blender has worn away due to friction.
2. (mark)
a. scuff mark
Mis botas nuevas ya tienen varios roces.My new boots already have several scuff marks.
b. scratch
No sé con que me hice estos roces en la pierna.I don't know how I got these scratches on my leg.
c. graze
La bala solo le hizo a Pedro un pequeño roce en el brazo.The bullet only left Pedro with a slight graze on his arm.
3. (social contact)
a. close contact
Píde a Carmen una referencia; ella tiene mucho roce con los dueños de esa compañía.Ask Carmen for a reference; she is in very close contact with the owners of that company.
4. (unpleasant encounter)
a. brush
Tu mamá me dijo que tuviste un roce con los agentes de migración ayer.Your mother tells me you had a brush with the immigration officials yesterday.
b. friction
Últimamente ha habido roces entre los partidarios de los dos candidatos.Lately, there has been friction between the supporters of the two candidates.
c. run-in
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
Dicen que Pedro es problemático, pero yo nunca he tenido un roce con él.They say Pedro is a troublemaker, but I've never had a run-in with him.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (contacto)
a. rubbing
2. (physics)
a. friction
el roce de la seda contra su pielthe feel of the silk against her skin
el roce de su mano en la mejillathe touch of his hand on her cheek
el roce del viento en la piedrathe weathering effect of the wind on the stone
me ha salido una ampolla del roce del zapatoI've got a blister from my shoe rubbing against my foot
3. (rasguño; en piel)
a. graze
4. (en madera, zapato)
a. scuffmark
5. (en metal)
a. scratch
el pantalón tiene roces en las rodillasthe trousers are worn at the knees
la pared está llena de rocesthe wall has had the paint scraped off it in several places
6. (trato)
a. close contact
7. (desavenencia)
a. brush, quarrel
tener un roce con alguiento have a brush with somebody
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1 (acción) rub; rubbing; (Técnica) friction; (Política) friction
2 (herida) graze
3 (contacto) close contact
tener roce con algn to be in close contact with sb; have a lot to do with sb
4 (disgusto) brush
tuvo algún roce con la autoridad he had a few brushes with the law
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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